8 Alcohol and Sugar-Free Detox-Friendly Drinks

8 Detox-Friendly BeveragesDetox-friendly drinks anyone?! January means simultaneously starting fresh and taking it back a notch. We celebrate the new year and our bodies by getting back to (ideally) the best of our pre-holiday patterns. Whether you are doing a full-on detox program, whole30, or recovering from holiday transgressions, you’re likely taking a break from alcohol, perhaps sugar and caffeine as well. But, that can leave a lifestyle and flavor void to fill —as in what are your beverage options? Filtered water and more filtered water? Even if you flavor it up with lemon, mint or ginger, liquid boredom will eventually set in.

Following are 8 health-supportive and detox-friendly drinks I’ll have on rotation this month. Some of these are warm drinks and some are cold. All are not only non-alcoholic and caffeine-free, but they have no refined sugar, don’t require a juicer and they’re rich in antioxidants and phytonutrients. Hopefully, these ideas will help you stick with your health resolutions —and get you through what might have been your coffee breaks or happy hours.

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The G & T Healer: Ginger Turmeric Medicinal Tea

Ginger Turmeric Medicinal Tea

Got inflammation, aches, and pains? A few weeks with this drink and you may understand why I fondly call this drink the Ginger Turmeric Healer. G & T for short. Not that kind. 

I’m not being coy calling this ginger turmeric drink a healer. In fact, after serving this up daily during a two-week stay with relatives, they both noticed relief from their daily arthritis-related aches and pains. To quote them “It doesn’t hurt anymore to walk the dogs” and “When I get up in the morning, the pain of putting my socks and shoes on is gone.” This drink also helped me dramatically following a recent traumatic injury, a story for another day. So, for anyone trying to avoid inflammation-related aches and pains, this drink is for you. Continue reading

Turmeric Tofu Scramble is Breakfast Gold!

Tofu ScrambleTurmeric tofu scramble is a quick and savory option for any day. But, with its gorgeous sunshine yellow, this dish is also festive enough for guests. With about 8 grams of plant protein, it provides stable, yet light nourishment to start your day. Serve it with the suggested sides and toppings below, or bundle it up in a whole grain wrap and take it to go.

Not only quick and nutritious, this dish is also what I refer to as ‘a turmeric delivery mechanism’. That’s right, per serving, the scramble gives you a quarter teaspoon of turmeric, the anti-inflammatory ‘spice for life’. Further, it uses all   three ways to get the most from curcumin by using the whole turmeric spice and includes both fat and black pepper to maximize bioavailability.

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Turmeric Tahini Anti-Inflammation Dressing

Turmeric Tahini Dressing

This versatile dressing makes it easy to bring turmeric into your daily cooking. Pour it over cooked fish, grain bowls, soba noodles and vegetables. And with anti-inflammatory ginger, probiotic-containing miso and alkalizing sesame in tahini, this dressing will boost the health quotient of almost any meal!

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Turmeric Golden Milk Basics

Turmeric Golden MilkTurmeric Golden Milk, the classic Ayurvedic beverage, is known for its many therapeutic benefits. While an array of Golden Milk recipes exist, the key ingredient is always turmeric, often with ginger, both of which are potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds. In fact, thousands of research studies on just turmeric and its most active constituent, curcumin, show it may be beneficial in preventing and/or treating over six hundred health conditions. And turmeric, also known as ‘Indian Solid Gold’ has been found comparable to fourteen various drugs and medications —without adverse side effects, even at doses up to 8,000 mg per day (about one rounded teaspoon of dried turmeric). Continue reading

‘The Vegetarian Flavor Bible’ Giveaway for National Nutrition Month

TVFBWelcome to the virtual book tour for THE VEGETARIAN FLAVOR BIBLE, by Karen Page. I am proud to take part in this event, which celebrates Registered Dietitians and National Nutrition Month. Keep reading to find out how you can win a copy of Karen’s latest masterpiece!

Don’t be fooled by the title. This is not a book solely for vegetarians. This is a book for anyone who wants to enjoy a greater range of plant-based whole foods, anyone who wants to improve their health, anyone who tends to go “improv” in the kitchen. It is for anyone tired of the same salad or steamed vegetables. Continue reading

How to Make Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Cubes

Turmeric Anti-Inflammation Cubes

Why do I make turmeric cubes —and will probably never again put turmeric root through a juicer again? Well, let’s go back to Juicing Vs Blending. The Plot Thickens. In this post I remarked that plant fiber is a much more interesting character than we realized. More than simply roughage or a bulking agent, fiber is a carrier for the free radical-quenching polyphenols found in many fruits, vegetables and other plants.

However, most plant polyphenols are fused to the plant fiber and can not be extracted [1,2]. So, if consumed as a whole plant or blended, the polyphenols travel through the digestive tract, then into the colon, where they are digested by friendly flora, producing short chain fatty acids (acetate, propionate, and butyrate) [3,4]. These short chain fatty acids deliver many health benefits, from anticarcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties to inhibiting the growth of bad bacteria and increasing mineral absorption. Some also serve as a major fuel for the cells that line the colon [5,6,7]. But, juice those same fruits or vegetables and most of these valuable polyphenol compounds are removed with the fiber. Lose the fiber. Lose the polyphenols. Continue reading

3 Ways to Get the Most From Turmeric

Turmeric Anti-Inflammation DrinkUsed for centuries in traditional Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, the healing powers of turmeric have now gained mainstream awareness. Turmeric and curcumin, the most active constituent of the spice, have been the subject of thousands of studies, revealing the following: Continue reading

Anti-Inflammatory Turmeric Tonic

Turmeric Anti-Inflammation TonicThis drink is more than just a beverage it is a bonafide turmeric tonic. Definitions of the word range from ‘a medicine that invigorates or strengthens’ to anything invigorating physically, mentally, or morally’. Both are apt descriptions for this drink, inspired by a similar commercial beverage, Tumeric Elixir of Life. Whether you buy it or make it, you’ve got to try this inflammation-fighting Turmeric Tonic! Continue reading

Turmeric Anti-Inflammation Juice

Turmeric and Ginger Juice

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial, and anticancer agent.  It aids digestion, especially that of fats, through increased bile production in the liver.  It is also known to have anti-viral properties, increase energy levels, reduce high blood pressure, and promote healthy cholesterol levels. In fact, a review of over 700 studies, showed that turmeric appears to outperform many pharmaceuticals in its effects against several chronic, debilitating diseases, and does so without adverse side effects [1, 2]. All of this with a color that could brighten the dreariest of mornings. And I’m from Seattle. I’ve seen my share of those.

I found the golden wonder root at my local Fairway. I glanced past the ginger bin to its neighbor and realized I had probably never seen turmeric root in its natural form. Intrigue ensued as I scooped up a 1/2 pound from the bin. I brought it home with no idea what I was going to do with it. But, the most obvious solution was to juice it. And so I juiced with the small, gnarly root as the star ingredient again and again. I found myself hooked on the energetic buzz each morning. Until I ran out.

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